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House GOP offers Hunter Biden accommodation

Hunter Biden (Center for Strategic & International Studies/WikiCommons)
January 15, 2024

House Republicans offered Sunday to accommodate Hunter Biden with another subpoena in the impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden. The offer by House Republicans comes after Hunter Biden refused previous subpoenas.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) wrote a letter to Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, explaining that the committees “welcome Mr. Biden’s newfound willingness to testify in a deposition setting under subpoena.”

The House Republican leaders stated, “Although the Committee’s subpoenas are lawful and remain legally enforceable, as an accommodation to Mr. Biden and at your request, we are prepared to issue subpoenas compelling Mr. Biden’s appearance at a deposition on a new date in the coming weeks.”

After the Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee voted last week to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas that were issued in November, Biden’s attorney sent a letter to Comer and Jordan, explaining that the president’s son would be willing to comply with a “proper subpoena” and appear for a congressional hearing or deposition in light of the House’s vote last month, which authorized a formal impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.

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According to The Daily Wire, Hunter Biden visited Capitol Hill on the day of his previously scheduled deposition, as well as on the day House members considered resolutions to hold the president’s son in contempt of Congress. Both Hunter Biden and his attorney repeatedly argued that the House’s November subpoenas were “legally invalid.”

“To be clear, the issuance of these subpoenas does not in any way suggest or imply that the Committees believe the assertions in your January 12 letter to have any merit,” Comer and Jordan stated in the letter sent to Biden’s attorney on Sunday. “Our willingness to issue these subpoenas is rooted entirely in our interest in obtaining Mr. Biden’s testimony as expeditiously as possible.”

Additionally, both Comer and Jordan denied Lowell’s suggestion of a “hybrid process” that would involve the proposed public deposition or hearing following similar rules that typically pertain to private depositions.

“While we welcome Mr. Biden’s public testimony at the appropriate time, he must appear for a deposition that conforms to the House Rules and the rules and practices of the Committees, just like every other witness before the Committees,” the House Republican leaders wrote.